BEYOND THE LIMITS OF REALITY. ITALIAN CENSORSHIP AND THE FILM DOCUMENTARY by Marco Bertozzi
Documentary film tries to describe Italy through the gaze of the authors, well-established iconography, and recurring common places. Rarely in conflict with government policies, which encourage documentary production with lavish funding, it is also not exempt from the censoring axe. This happens especially when documentaries deal with the persistence of ancient cultures, and anthropological concerns touch on the contradictions of a country racing towards modernity and development. It is a throbbing cinema that intercepts, records, and hybridises with changing political and philosophical paradigms. If the extent to which reality is admissible changes, then also censorship falters, and documentary images become the object of ferocious negotiations.